Are you ready to take a deeper dive into herbalism? Want to learn practical ways to care for yourself and your dear ones? Wanna geek out about medicinal plants with a neurodivergent herb nerd and create traditions that support seasonal transitions throughout the wheel of the year? Registration for our first cohort is officially open, so start saving those empty jars now because class starts this spring!
Weaving the medicinal with the magical, this level 1 apprenticeship focuses on cultivating personal relationships with the plants while tuning into the natural rhythm of the seasons and spaces in between. During our year together we'll build a solid foundation in herbalism rooted in generative & integrative care practices through full sensory hands-on learning, story telling, skill sharing, embodied experience, herbcrafting and ritual.
As the wheel of the year turns, we will have the opportunity to prepare, cultivate and tend our symbolic inner gardens as we physically work with medicinal plants in the herb garden and in the apothecary. Participants will come away from this program with an abundance of herbal wisdom, practical skills and plants willing- a deeply rooted sense of interconnectedness. This foundational class includes 60 hours of herbal education on the following topics:
- herbal medicine making: infusions, tinctures, glycerites, syrups, oxymels, poultices, infused oils, salves & more!
- make custom blends of seasonally supportive herbs
- medicinal plant identification
- sustainable herb growing
- ethical foraging practices
- solubility, extraction methods & herbal actions
- cultivating a deeper connection to your roots through exploring culturally traditional herbs
- practical herbal supports for self care & community nourishment
Dates: Full day classes are held on the following Sundays. In-between each full day in-person class, we'll meet virtually (zoom) on the following Thursday evenings from 7-8:30pm:
Sunday 3/17 from 10-4pm, Thursday 4/4 from 7-8:30pm
Sunday 4/28 from 10-4pm, Thursday 5/23 from 7-8:30pm
Sunday 6/9 from 10-4pm, Thursday 7/11 from 7-8:30pm
Sunday 7/28 from 10-4pm, Thursday 8/22 from 7-8:30pm
Sunday 9/22 from 10-4pm, Thursday 10/3 from 7-8:30pm
Sunday 10/27 from 10-4pm, Thursday 11/21 from 7-8:30pm
Sunday 12/22 from 10-4pm, Thursday 1/9/2025 from 7-8:30pm
Sunday 2/2/2025 from 10-4pm
Full day in-person class on Sundays will be held at Community Care Apothecary, 52 Main St. in downtown Florence, MA. As weather allows, portions of some classes will be held in our ancestral herb gardens behind the shop and larger growing space right down the road. Thursday evening sessions will be held virtually on zoom.
Payment plans are available and we offer a sliding scale for BIPOC, disabled, queer & trans folks of $1000-$1400.
$1400 option: I have more than I need and would like to contribute a little extra.
$1200 option: I have enough to cover living expenses, my basic needs are being met
$1000 option: I often do not have enough to cover living expenses, and my basic needs are not always met.
Space is limited to 8 participants. Click here to register https://forms.gle/trj2JVgRwameg6cu9
Reede Haroian LaRose (they/them) an autistic nonbinary trans clinical herbalist, lifelong witch and shopkeeper at Community Care Apothecary. They weave over a decade of experience as a LGBTQ+ centered full spectrum doula, pelvic health therapist and former somatic bodyworker into their herbal support practice. Reede is a big fan of integrative health care, meeting people where they're at and introducing safe, nourishing herbs that support the overall well being of folks in community. You'll often find Reede pining over their cats Ella + Anoush, smothering plant babies in the garden, nerding out neurodivergent style and talking about all things Armenian.
Accessibility: The entrance to the store is on street level and there are no steps involved. We have a teeny tiny bathroom that is not wheelchair accessible. This is a neurodiveregent designed space, with no florescent lights. We kindly ask that you arrive fragrance free.With consideration of covid, we have an air purifier that will be running throughout the class while indoors, along with fresh air ventilation as weather permits. Masks are encouraged and also optional. Please reach out with any other questions, we are happy to chat!
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